Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Over 3,000 hospitalized in Japan due to heat wave

More than 3,000 people were taken to hospital across Japan due to lingering high temperatures in one week time from July 6 to 12, with four of them dead, government data showed Tuesday.

The figure was up 6.5 times from 471 people in the previous week, and nearly half of the total number were aged 65 or older, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

By prefecture, Saitama topped the list with 190, followed by Osaka with 185 and Kumamoto with 172.

The mercury topped 35 degree centigrade at some points in the country on Tuesday with the Japan Meteorological Agency warning people to take measures to prevent heat exhaustion. 

  Xinhua -

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